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Students get Frost Manor maintenance department ‘sorted’ out

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School students Andrew Coons (left) and Nick Jeffrey (centre) sort through a box of nuts, bolts and other hardware at Frost Manor on June 13 as educational assistant Fred Hobbs looks on.

Nick Jeffrey and Andrew Coons have been organizing hardware, which is making maintenance department more efficient

A few weeks ago, the maintenance room at Frost Manor was overflowing with nuts, bolts, washers, nails and brackets, packed to the hilt in boxes and disorganized. Read more

Volunteer duo gives a ‘double boost’ to Frost Manor’s infection control

Frost Manor volunteers Carol Gadsden (left) and Christine Rose (right) are seen here with the home’s environmental services manager Rick Riel.

Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden ‘are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life’

LINDSAY, Ont. – Frost Manor volunteers Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden will offer their help anywhere it’s needed at the Lindsay long-term care home, but the duo plays a particularly important role keeping the 62 residents safe.

Working together, Christine and Carol help environmental services manager Rick Riel and his team with infection control. They pay extra attention to sanitizing high-risk areas of the home, such as hand rails, baseboards and doorknobs.

“They play a very important part (of infection control),” Rick tells The OMNIway. “We have only had one outbreak this year, and that’s a testament to all of the staff, but Christine and Carol come in and they do extra cleaning that the staff probably wouldn’t get to. … They give a double boost to the infection control process.

“They are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life,” Rick adds.

Christine and Carol also help with the laundry. Having two sets of extra hands helping with laundry ensures the laundry team never falls behind schedule, which is important since the home has a policy of getting residents their clean clothes returned to them within 24 hours, Rick notes.

“They help make that possible,” Rick says, adding, “I like having them here, and they enjoy coming here, and we have a lot of fun.”

“And Rick always keeps us involved in things, too,” Carol adds.

Christine and Carol were among the volunteers honoured with a special luncheon on April 19. Nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis and his team prepared a lunch of pork chops with a rosemary-sage cream sauce, roasted potatoes and vegetables, with cheesecake for dessert. Lyndsay gave a speech thanking all volunteers for their work and dedication to residents.

April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week 2018. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 77th National Volunteer Week.

Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.

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Volunteer Laurie Brooks ‘brings a lot of life’ to Frost Manor

Pictured above, Laurie Brooks (right) has been volunteering at Frost Manor for 10 years. Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Irwin (left) says Laurie is a “bright, bubbly personality who always brings a lot of life to the home.”

Laurie has been a dedicated volunteer at the home for 10 years

LINDSAY, Ont. – Laurie Brooks says she “always wanted to look after people,” so she decided to try her hand at volunteering at Frost Manor. Ten years later, Laurie is still a regular volunteer at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

Gardening program at Frost Manor is curbing agitation for residents with cognitive impairment

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The program, which was created by the home’s BSO team, is particularly having a positive impact on a resident who wanders

An indoor gardening program created by Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team that’s aimed at curbing agitation in residents with cognitive impairment is making a positive impact, especially on one resident. Read more

Frost Manor’s new dining-room sign stemming congestion, confusion for residents

BSO team’s intervention pays off immediately

When it was discovered that some residents were finding the congestion in Frost Manor’s lounge area confusing while walking to the dining room at mealtimes, the Lindsay long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team came up with a solution. Read more

Frost Manor’s new washroom signs decreasing confusion

BSO team comes up with solution to end washroom-tub room confusion

When Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team noticed some residents were trying to enter the tub room while trying to find the washroom, they came up with an idea in December to get new signage to make things simple. Read more

Physiotherapy increases independence for Frost resident who set goal to walk

Resident Ala Kruszynska and Achieve Health physiotherapy assistant Debbie Ellison are seen here spending time together. Ala has been successful in FrostManor’s physiotherapy program.

Ala Kruszynska was recently able to walk, with the assistance of physio team, to her son’s car for shopping trip

When Frost Manor resident Ala Kruszynska was recently invited on a shopping trip with her son, she was able to walk to his car with the help of the Lindsay long-term care home’s physiotherapy team. Read more

Resident gets her wish to have PSW’s Jeep ‘parked’ beside her bed

Sherry Danilko commended by Frost Manor’s administrator for coming up with innovative idea

A Frost Manor personal support worker (PSW) is being commended for thinking outside the box and coming up with an idea to brighten the day of one of the Lindsay long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Physio helps most LTC residents maintain mobility, but Joan Taylor has improved hers

Frost Manor resident Joan Taylor and physiotherapy assistant Debbie Ellison are seen here taking a walk.

Frost Manor physiotherapy assistant Debbie Ellison says Joan is walking ‘almost perfect’ with her walker

Since she started participating in Frost Manor’s physiotherapy program, resident Joan Taylor has improved her mobility and her quality of life, says Achieva Health physiotherapy assistant Debbie Ellison. Read more

Frost Manor’s ‘rock of the kitchen’ honoured with Everyday Hero Award

Frost Manor cook and dietary aide Judy Keenan (right) and PSW Sue Cardona (left) cut the cake at the award ceremony honouring them. Judy is the recipient of the home’s 2017 Everyday Hero Award; Sue received the Inspired Leadership Award.

Judy Keenan brings outstanding teamwork and dedication to quality each day, says manager

If there’s one key strength Frost Manor cook and dietary aide Judy Keenan brings to her colleagues each day, it’s teamwork, says her supervisor, nutritional care manager Neil MacDonald. Read more